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Since the television series was created by Hasbro's Japanese partner Takara, Cannonball does not appear in the Cybertron television series.
Cannonball is a Decepticon space pirate. In the online bio for Cannonball it reveals that he's the 10th space pirate named Cannonball in a long line of pirates, and he seems to be a homage to the Dread Pirate Roberts. Where Red Alert turns into an ambulance, Cannonball turns into a hearse. He even has an eye patch painted on his head, stylized skulls and bones, and a tool replacing his left hand.
His tech spec indicates that he had terrorized the spacelanes for centuries, targeting defenceless Autobot merchant ships. His crew return to Cybertron only to blow their loot on Energon stars and to improve the look of their vehicle modes. He only tolerates being under Megatron's command as long as the Decepticon leader allows him the independence to pillage only Autobot ships. The Cyber key info available on the Hasbro website indicated that this Cannonball was merely the latest in a long line of pirates bearing the name. The original elected to keep his legend alive by recruiting other Decepticons (and occasionally ex-Autobots) to his ship the Sea Slag, where he would train them as his replacement. The cycle continued until the present day, as this Cannonball is the tenth bearer of the name.
Runamuck, Skywarp, Brushguard, and Buzzsaw appear among Cannonball's troops in the Transformers Collectors Club exclusive story The Dark Heart of Sandokan by Benson Yee. When Buzzsaw scoffs at his captain calling the planet Sandokan cursed Cannonball puts him in his place.
- Cybertron Deluxe Cannonball
- Cannonball is a repaint of Cybertron Red Alert, and is a U.S. exclusive character created by Hasbro.
- In 2006 a special edition of Cannonball was available in Walmart stores which contained a DVD with the episode "Cybertron" as a promotional item - despite the fact that he wasn't in that episode.
- A value 2-pack repackaging Cybertron Downshift and Cannonball in Transformers: Universe packaging was first seen online in September 2007, called "Search For The Pirate Moon".
This second Cannonball appeared in Transformers: Timelines fiction set in the Generation 1 continuity. He is a Decepticon Warlord.